Introduction to Seismic Retrofits: A Guide to LA's New Retrofit Requirements
September 15, 6:00-7:30PM
BuroHappold Engineering - 800 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Introduction to Seismic Retrofits: A Guide to LA's New Retrofit Requirements

September 15, 2016. 6:00-7:30PM

BuroHappold Engineering800 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Learn about the implications of LA’s new Mandatory Earthquake Hazard Reduction Ordinance. The presentation describes what seismic retrofit is, what buildings are affected by the new law, and what to expect when retrofitting a building. The presentation will include project considerations from start to finish, design through construction, with perspectives from a structural engineer, architect, and contractor. Architects, building owners, property managers, brokers, and anyone involved with existing building stock will benefit from this presentation.

1) Attendees will learn the implications of Los Angeles Retrofit Ordinance 183893.

2) Attendees will learn what a seismic retrofit is and how it improves a building’s earthquake performance.

3) Attendees will learn what to expect and what steps are involved when doing a seismic retrofit.

4) Attendees will learn about other opportunities to improve a building when doing a seismic retrofit, such as an energy retrofit.


Patti Harburg-Petrich, S.E. is a Structural Engineer at BuroHappold and has over ten years of experience designing structural solutions for many building types. She has a particular interest in historic renovation and seismic retrofit projects and sustainable design and a passion for community-centric work. Patti is a licensed Structural Engineer in the state of California, LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction, and certified Disaster Service Worker for the State of California Safety Assessment Program.

Christopher J. Smith is a preservation specialist in ARG’s Pasadena office with 20 years of experience in project management and construction administration. His work includes the seismic upgrade and rehabilitation of Pasadena City Hall and the Ole Hanson Beach Club & Pool rehabilitation in San Clemente, California. He is currently serving as the project manager/preservation specialist/project designer for ARG’s work at Los Angeles Union Station. He was a member of the Pasadena Heritage board of directors from 2008 to 2011 and is currently serving on the Pasadena Heritage Advisory Council. He received a graduate certificate in historic preservation from the University of Southern California and a bachelor of arts in urban studies from California State University, Northridge.

Kyle Burnham, P.E.  is a Project Manager at Swinerton Builders with over 10 years of experience in general contracting.  Kyle is particularly passionate about the opportunities that seismic retrofits present to improve the resiliency of the built environment while preserving the heritage of Los Angeles.  He recently completed the redevelopment of the David Starr Jordan High School campus for the Los Angeles Unified School District in Watts including the retrofit of the historic Administration building from the 1930s.  Kyle is a licensed Civil Engineer in the state of California, a LEED Accredited Professional, Associate Design Build Institute of America Professional, and certified Disaster Service Worker for the State of California Safety Assessment Program. 

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